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Sri Lanka Featured In “The Young Pope” Episode 4 — With Prominence For Sri Lankan Actress Nadee Kammellaweera.

by Anura Guruge


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Sri Lankan Nadee Kammellaweeraas Sister Suree.

Starting with the first episode of “The Young Pope” there has been this diminutive, very dark, young sister, in glasses that has served as the Pope’s maid — telling him it is time for his snack etc. During the first three episodes her role was fleeting and extremely brief.

Then came Episode 4. Wow. The pope sees her crying. She tells the pope that her sister, in Sri Lanka, is dying. “Sri Lanka” clearly enunciated. The pope even says it: “Sri Lanka”. Not once. But a few times! Wow. I haven’t seen Sri Lanka mentioned on HBO that many times — ever.

Yes, it was NOT all positive.

She says she doesn’t like to go to Sri Lanka because going there makes her DOUBT God! That is a nasty dig. Wow.

Well the pope doesn’t allow her to go to Sri Lanka. Instead he has her sister’s body sent over in a container ship! Ah! Not by plane. Well, that was a bit close to home. In 1992 I accompanied my adoptive mother’s body from Paris to Sri Lanka on a AirLanka plane. Yes, it is true that we did get a Presidential dispensation to do that. But, I am sure, now that the Civil War is over, that there are no restrictions to bodies being transported by air. Anywho.

I had NO idea that she was Sri Lankan. Just assumed that she was South Indian. Her makeup makes her quite dark.

But this was publicity for Sri Lanka — and all publicity is good publicity.

But, I KNOW that 99% of those in the U.S. watching that show would have NO IDEA what or where “Sri Lanka” is! That is a sad fact. It might as well be an obscure asteroid.

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by Anura Guruge

HBO’s “The Young Pope” — Egregious Factual Errors Disturbing, Distracting & Disconcerting.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the IMDb.com listing for HBO’s “The Young Pope”.

The Pope with his outspoken and conniving Secretary of State, Cardinal Voiello.



Click to ENLARGE and read here. Relevant paragraph from MY “The Next Pope 2011” book.

Yes, as is to be expected from a dramatization like this, there are a LOT of liberties taken when it comes to facts, depictions and settings.

Some are inevitable and you can live with them.

Others are just to egregious especially when certain plots revolve around them.

One such BIGGIE was in Episode 3. In that, the RESIGNATION of Cardinal Voiello, the supposed Secretary of State, figures large.

But, the Young Pope never RE-CONFIRMED Voiello as the Secretary of State — or for that matter ANY OTHER Cardinal Prefect heading up a curial ‘department’ (a so called dicastery).

All of these, as you can see from above, are AUTOMATICALLY relieved of their office and title. They have to be RE-APPOINTED by the new pope. That never happened.

So, a lot of what has gone on is fairy tales.

I am not that thrilled with this series. It is, alas, not very good.

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by Anura Guruge